Bird, bug, butterfly and a wild variety of photos from Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain by Irish wildlife photographer Patrick J. O'Keeffe and invited guests

Sunday, 3 April 2016

WHITE WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba subspecies M. a. alba) Agia Marina, Crete, Greece


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The White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a small ground nesting passerine and along with the longclaws and pipits is in the family Motacillidae which is in the genus Motacilla. This species is the commonest and most widespread wagtail that is found in Eurasia. It also breeds in Morocco in North Africa and there is a small Alaskan breeding population in North America. The northern populations are migratory and winters in Southern Europe, Africa and Southern Asia. Up to 11 sub-species are recognised, including the Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) which breeds in Britain, Ireland and the near-continent.

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 PIED WAGTAIL [Male] (Motacilla alba yarrellii) Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) subspecies breeding distribution
By L. Shyamal, based on; Nakamura, Kazue (1985). "Historical change of the geographical distribution of two closely related species of the genus Motacilla in the Japanese Archipelago: a preliminary note". Bulletin of the Kanagawa prefecture Museum of Natural Science No.16. - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4226447

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